If you believe what you read in some parts of the media Britain has gone health and safety mad. Yet the truth is most regulations governing health and safety at work are there simply to keep you free from harm at your place of employment, and make sure you go home in one piece at the end of the working day.
Injuries and even deaths at work can be caused by major accidents, such as a large explosion, or a building collapse. But more often it’s the small things that cause harm. If you have ever claimed compensation for a fall in a factory, you’ll know that slips, trips and falls are the single biggest cause of injury at work in the UK. The main cause of falls in factories are spillages of water or chemicals, tripping on tools which have been left lying around, and being distracted by something. Poor lighting and uneven floor surfaces can also cause accidents.
Reducing the chances of suffering a fall
There’s lots of legislation intended to prevent this type of accident, from regulations on reporting spillages that can lead to a slip through to the type of surface that should be used on a factory floor. The correct kind of flooring, for instance, will show up any spills as soon as they occur, and they can be cleaned up before they become a hazard. Employers are required by law to have systems in place to minimise incidents of this kind. And they are also required to ensure all employees get proper training in how to observe these rules. If you work in a factory and you spot a spillage or other hazard, you should notify your supervisor immediately. They should then arrange for the hazard to be dealt with, and put appropriate safety measures in place while the incident is treated.
Could you launch a successful compensation claim?
If you believe you may be eligible for compensation for a fall in a factory call us now. The accident must have happened within the last three years. We work on a no win, no fee basis, so if you don’t win you won’t pay a penny for our services. We have an enquiry helpline which is open around the clock, and there’s a handy 30-second claim calculator on our website which can tell you how much compensation you may receive if your claim is successful. Our experts are waiting to hear from you on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: January 28, 2015
Author: David Brown